Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo at the New National Theatre in Tokyo


Music by Giuseppe VERDI
Opera in 4 acts
Sung in Italian with Japanese surtitles
Opera Palace

This is a masterwork from VERDI’s mature period. At the centre of this massive historic drama is the grief of a prince, whose sweetheart becomes his father’s bride. Confrontations in politics, religion and in the relationship between father and son, love and jealousy, friendship, as well as complicated intertwinement, between the characters are all expressed in the stately, dignified music. The staging by Marco Arturo MARELLI comprises a space surrounded by prison-like walls and a symbolic cross. It was first presented in 2006 and is here being re-presented 8 years later.

doncarloThe title role is played by Sergio ESCOBAR, a lyrical tenor whose star is ascending, and who is being besieged with offers from prestigious conductors and opera houses. Markus WERBA will sing Rodrigo, the core role in this opera. Pietro RIZZO, a familiar face from the successful NNTT productions of Il trovatore in 2011 and Rigoletto in 2013, will be conducting.


Conductor Pietro RIZZO 1

Production and Scenery Design Marco Arturo MARELLI 2

Costume Design Dagmar NIEFIND-MARELLI

Lighting Design YAGI Maki




Filippo II Rafal SIWEK 3

Don Carlo Sergio ESCOBAR 4

Rodrigo Markus WERBA 5

Elisabetta di Valois Serena FARNOCCHIA 6

La Principessa d’Eboli Sonia GANASSI 7

Il Grande Inquisitore TSUMAYA Hidekazu 8

Un frate OTSUKA Hiroaki

Tebaldo YAMASHITA Makiko

Il Conte di Lerma/Un araldo reale MURAKAMI Toshiaki

Una voce dal cielo UNOKI Eri







Chorus New National Theatre Chorus

Orchestra Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

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